Skip to content
You are here > Home > Your Ministry > Land Use Planning > Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

Follow us

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

Email this page

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan are four provincial land use plans that work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment. These plans support agriculture and promote economic development in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe. As Canada’s largest economic engine, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is also one of the fastest growing regions in North America. It contains some of Canada’s best farmland, valuable water resources, and world-renowned natural features like the Niagara Escarpment.

A co-ordinated review of the four plans began in February 2015, and we have received extensive feedback. An Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie completed its work and provided its recommendations in December 2015: Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 [PDF 25MB]. The Advisory Panel noted, “There is strong support for these plans” but “there is an urgent need to improve the plans.”


The Government of Ontario has reviewed and considered all feedback received from stakeholders, the public, Indigenous communities and the Advisory Panel’s recommendations. The government is now proposing changes to the four plans.

In addition to seeking feedback on these proposed changes, the province is also undertaking the following actions in response to the Advisory Panel recommendations and what was heard in the consultations of spring 2015:

  • Considering possible expansion of the Greenbelt outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area where important water resources are under pressure from urban growth
  • Obtaining detailed technical information from municipalities, conservation authorities and landowners in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to determine if further refinements to the Greenbelt are required. This will also help us determine impacts on specific properties.
  • Supporting implementation through guidance documents and the mapping of natural heritage and agricultural systems outside the Greenbelt.

The province is also committed to continuing its engagement with the region’s First Nations and Métis communities.

Proposed changes to the plans

Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

This document provides an overview of the proposed changes to the four plans. The proposed revised plans (see below) contain the revised policies and should be consulted for precise wording.

Reference Materials

  • View the discussion paper Our Region, Our Community, Our Home (2015) which was created to help inform and guide discussions. It describes the plans and their objectives and highlights important policy issues.

How to participate

Provide your feedback

We want to hear your comments and feedback on the proposed changes to the plans. 

Attend a Public Open House

Learn more by attending a Public Open House in your area.

Other ways to provide feedback

You also have the option to submit comments using one of the other methods listed below. All comments will be considered regardless of the selected method.

Environmental Bill of Rights Registry at

  1. Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016. Notice #012-7194
  2. Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016). Notice #012-7195
  3. Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016). Notice #012-7197
  4. Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan (2016). Notice #012-7228
  5. Proposed Amendment to the Greenbelt Area Boundary Regulation. Notice #012-7198

All comments received on proposed changes to the Niagara Escarpment Plan will also be shared with the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Comments can also be submitted directly to the Niagara Escarpment Commission at

In addition, proposed regulatory changes pertaining to the following plans are posted on the Regulatory Registry at

  1. Proposed Amendment to the Greenbelt Area Boundary Regulation. Notice #16MAH017
  2. Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016). Notice #16-MAH016

If you prefer not to use one of the options above, comments may also be mailed to: 

Land Use Planning Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay Street, Suite 425 (4th floor)
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

Please note that the deadline for providing feedback has been extended to October 31, 2016.

For more information about the Co-ordinated Review:

Notice Regarding Collection of Information

Any collection of personal information for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review is in accordance with subsection 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

It is collected under the authority of the legislation establishing the four plans for the purpose of obtaining input on revisions to the plans.

If you have questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of this information, please contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Senior Information and Privacy Advisor, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2E5, 416-585-7094.

Organizations and Businesses:

Comments or submissions made on behalf of an organization or business may be shared or disclosed. By submitting comments you are deemed to consent to the sharing of information contained in the comments and your business contact information. Business contact information is the name, title and contact information of anyone submitting comments in a business, professional or official capacity.


Personal contact information will be used only to contact you and will not be shared. Please be aware that any comments provided may be shared or disclosed once personal information is removed. Personal information includes your name, home address and personal e-mail address.